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Gabrielle Bullock, FAIA
Director of Global Diversity - Perkins+Will

  • When did you first realize you wanted to become an architect?
    I was twelve years old when I realized I wanted to be an architect. At an early age I knew I wanted to positively impact the spaces (dwellings) that people of color inhabited.
  • Who has inspired you and/or influenced your career the most? And how?
    First, my mother, who taught me that I could do anything I put my mind to…”the world was my oyster”! This gave me the strength and drive to pursue my dreams of being an architect, even though I never knew an architect.
    Second, two women mentors that I met early in my career. Each represented what is possible as an architect AND a woman. Both were accomplished architects with senior positions or sole proprietors. The command of their craft/specialty and the confidence they possessed was proof to me that regardless of gender if you hone your skill you can succeed.
  • What are your recommendations for increasing diversity in the workplace and within the design process particularly?
    Proactive and deliberate outreach and recruitment to the under-represented groups (women and people of color). In order to attract diverse talent we must seek the talent we want, diversity does not happen by accident. Publicly and visibly demonstrate commitment to diversity (recruitment materials, website, PR and Business development materials). If organizations don’t represent diversity they’re not likely to attract diverse talent.
    Diversity alone is merely the mix. Inclusion + Engagement is what you do with the mix…value and celebrate what each individual brings to the table.
    Long term impact on the workforce requires an introduction to architecture at the earliest education level, Elementary and Middle school in diverse communities.
  • As a woman, what are your thoughts on the Los Angeles region as a place to work?
    While I know there’s a tremendous talent pool among the women in our profession locally, LA seems to be a heavily male-promoted arena. Family friendly.

Gabrielle Bullock, FAIA

Director of Global Diversity - Perkins+Will

Gabrielle Bullock has contributed to Perkins+Will’s success for more than 25 years and is the firm’s Director of Global Diversity. She received her Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design and was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) in 2014. As a member of the AIA and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), Gabrielle has been a long-standing advocate for advancing diversity initiatives within architecture. A regular guest speaker and awards juror for local design events and organizations, Gabrielle is also serving as a board member of the newly formed Center for Architecture and Urban Design which will address and promote important architecture, planning and design issues through public programs, symposia, exhibitions and other events and activities in Los Angeles. Gabrielle is also a board member of the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.

During her time at Perkins+Will, Gabrielle has spent time in both the New York and California practices. She served as the Managing Director of the Los Angeles office for eight years, and managed one of the largest building projects in the University of California system to date, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Gabrielle has spent her career focusing on complex and socially significant projects in the US and globally including healthcare and university projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Her passion is centered on the planning and management of socially responsible and culturally responsive architecture.

Last updated: 09-Feb-2015 03:26 PM
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